“Are you ready?” – Gus
“I was born ready.” – Wendy in season two of Netflix’s Sweet Tooth
One thing is for sure, we were born ready to binge-watch season two of Netflix’s highly-acclaimed series, Sweet Tooth. The first season of the show instantly captivated viewers, so much so, that it even won an Emmy award. Now, the stakes are even higher in season two as a deadly new wave of the Sick sweeps in. Gus and his hybrid friends are held captive by General Abbot and the Last Men as the hybrids are thought to provide an “unconventional ingredient” needed to find a cure for the Sick. It’s time for Gus to find the strength he needs to uncover the origins of The Great Crumble and help save his friends.
Starring as the fan-favorite character of the hybrid girl / piglet, Wendy, is breakout star Naledi Murray. This gifted actress simply blows us all away with her exceptional and impeccable work in the series. Season two brings even more excitement for Murray’s character as we get to see Wendy take on even more responsibility as the leader of a hybrid kid-pack. Fans will get to see Wendy power through obstacles she’s never had to face before, as it’s her first time ever being separated from her mother. This new season allows viewers to embark on this adventure of growth, discovery, and empowerment with Wendy, and it is one thrilling ride.
The remarkable Naledi Murray gives a show-stopping performance in Sweet Tooth, and her terrific talent doesn’t stop there. She’s also been seen in the CBS series, Tommy, as well as HBO’s hit show, The Undoing. Her talent is awe-inspiring and she always mesmerizes the audience with her work. We know that the future is oh, so bright for the outstanding Naledi Murray and she will continue to have project after project coming her way. Naledi means “shining star” in the Sotho-Tswana languages, and the wondrous Murray truly lives up to her name.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess had a magnificent time interviewing the marvelous Naledi Murray all about what it was like for her working on season two of Sweet Tooth, what’s a moment that sticks out to her the most from working on the show, what the process is like for her transforming into her character Wendy and so much more only in our VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE interview. Murray even revealed which DC Comics project she’d like to see Sweet Tooth have a crossover episode with – see what she had to say in our VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE interview below.
Read my VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE interview with the spectacular Naledi Murray below and be sure to catch her in season two of Sweet Tooth streaming now on Netflix!
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: Congratulations on all of the brilliant success with your career! Can you tell us how you got your start in acting?
Naledi Murray: First off, thank you so much for your kind words!!! From a young age, I loved books. I was constantly reading. So, my dad, who was already in the film industry, would always have me read scripts with him. I would say that’s when I really found a love for the arts. You could only imagine how overjoyed little 5-year-old me felt when I discovered that kids could act too! I actually had to beg my parents for a whole year before they were convinced I really wanted to do this. From there, we went on a journey to find my amazing manager, Jackie Reid, which then led me to my first gig at six: modeling next to a gigantic barbie doll for a Toys R Us catalogue. So, that’s how I went from reading books, to reading scripts, and then being on camera.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: You star as Wendy in Netflix’s top-ranked series, Sweet Tooth. What was it like for you working on season two of the show?
Naledi Murray: It was absolutely incredible! Just being able to work on Sweet Tooth for a second season was so fortunate, because a lot of TV shows don’t get that. As you know, the first season I was mostly with the extremely talented Dania Ramirez, but in the second season, you’re going to see me with this huge group of kids who are equally awesome. Also, I am a series regular this season compared to last time when I was a recurring guest star. Back then, I was still a rookie. This time around, I feel more experienced and familiar with everyone on set. We’re one big family on Sweet Tooth.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: Is there a memory from working on the show that sticks out to you the most?
Naledi Murray: One great memory I have was when I did makeup on one of my own makeup artists. I got to slap a pig nose on Shay Lawrence, who is nicknamed Evil Shay (even though he’s not really evil and hates me to share this nickname). We got to transform him into Ms. Piggy from The Muppets by “forcing” him to wear a blonde, voluminous wig (he secretly enjoyed it). It was a great time for Carly (my other makeup artist) and I, but not for Shay who claims that it was torture.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: In season two, we see your character take on an expanded role as the leader of a hybrid kid-pack. What is it like for you seeing your character grow from season one to this new season?
Naledi Murray: It has been awesome to see Wendy step into this new era. I always like to think of her as an old friend since we have been growing up together. I always knew she had this motherly side to her, and as an actor, it was great to portray that.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: Tell us what it’s like transforming into Wendy–what’s the process like for you in hair and makeup?
Naledi Murray: Here is an average day in the makeup truck. I get into the makeup chair early in the morning where my makeup artists work together to glue my prosthetic nose and ears on. Then, Shay proceeds to color the prosthetic pieces to match my skin tone as Carly gets started on my hair. The whole process takes about an hour and a half, but originally it took more than three hours. That’s what it was like before Stef Knight, Shay, and their team re-molded it. From all of that effort, boom, I’m Wendy!
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: In this season, we see Wendy face obstacles she’s never had to before. What advice would you give to Wendy to help her push through the challenges?
Naledi Murray: I would tell Wendy, “You’ve got this! The challenges may seem big, but you’re bigger. You are way stronger than you think. Just do what your mom would do.”
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: What are you looking forward to the most for fans to see in season two of Sweet Tooth?
Naledi Murray: I’m excited for the fans to see how much Wendy has grown this season, and for you all to meet and get to know all the new hybrids.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: Sweet Tooth is based off of Jeff Lemire’s DC comic. If Sweeth Tooth could have a cross-over with any other DC Comics movie / TV show, which one would you like it to be?
Naledi Murray: Actually, I would love to see a Harley Quinn cross-over in Sweet Tooth. I feel like she would come in and just kick all of the Last Men’s butts.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess: Lastly, if you could bring out one message to all of your fans, what message would that be?
Naledi Murray: Family. I think a really important message Sweet Tooth brings is family togetherness. You’ve got to appreciate family because you never know how much time you have left with them. Cherish every moment!